Embracing a powertrain formula that's already proven quite successful in the Continental line, the new 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 arrives in Geneva as a more affordable and fuel-efficient alternative to its W12-powered sibling. While sacrificing a bit of visceral intensity to that range-topping iteration, the new Flying Spur V8 is still quite capable of delivering plenty of exhilaration on demand, complete with all of the luxury trappings. 

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This latest Flying Spur comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 500 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque compared to the twin-turbo W12's 616/590 output figures. Backed by the same 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and sending that power to all four wheels, it packs sufficient muscle to blast the Flying Spur V8 from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and carry it to a top speed of 183 mph while offering a 520-mile per-tank range. Like the W12, this new Flying Spur also features Bentley's computer-controlled air suspension system.

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Distinctive exterior tweaks to the Flying Spur V8 include a black finish on the grille inserts, a signature red-center Bentley badge, figure-eight dual exhaust tips and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. In addition to the standard suite of on-board technology found in the Flying Spur W12, the V8 boasts several distinguishing cabin elements including its own split-color leather upholstery treatment, Dark Eucalyptus wood veneer and a single-piece three-passenger rear seat. Here, too, buyers can opt for a Mulliner Driving Specification upgrade that brings custom diamond-quilted upholstery, premium Dark Stained Burr Walnut and Piano Black trim elements, upgraded seats and more along with a 20-inch wheel/tire package. 

The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8 will arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall. Pricing and EPA numbers will be released closer to the actual on-sale date.

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